Marymount Manhattan College in New York has agreed to pay $125,000 to settle an age discrimination lawsuit filed by EEOC.
The EEOC claims that the college refused to hire a choreography instructor for a tenure-track assistant professorship because of her age. Instead of hiring 64-year-old Patricia Catterson, Marymount hired a 38-year-old applicant.
According to the EEOC, this was a violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), which prohibits age discrimination against employees and job applicants who are age 40 or older.
New York District Director EEOC Kevin Berry said, “Under the law, age has no place in making hiring decisions – and tenure-track positions in academia are no exception.”